Today's News

  • Crisis Intervention Team adds 25 graduates

    SUPPLY — Twenty-five law enforcement officers took time out of their busy schedules last week to take part in Crisis Intervention Team training.

    The 40-hour training program, orchestrated by CoastalCare and the Wilmington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is designed to provide law enforcement with knowledge and resources to de-escalate and assist someone in crisis. It emphasizes treatment instead of jail time for people showing symptoms of mental illness.

  • Found money: thrift-store worker garners gratitude for cash return

    Thrift store worker Zach Miller was just doing his duty when he found $320 cash inside a donated Bible — and again when he turned the money in.

    That’s what the 19-year-old Brunswick Community College student had to say when he was lauded recently for the cash find at the Brunswick Family Assistance Thrift Store. Thanks to him, the found money quickly boomeranged back to its rightful 94-year-old owner.

    Zach, a part-time worker at the Shallotte thrift store, was leafing through the contributed Good Book when the money popped up.

  • Sunset Beach Police Report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    Feb. 17

    Larceny of purse and contents at 804 Colony Place.

    Feb. 22

    Breaking-and-entering, larceny, injury to real property (flat-screen TVs) on Canal Drive.

    Feb. 23

    Breaking and entering of motor vehicle, larceny of an iPod Nano on Cobia Street.

  • Brunswick County news patterns don’t mirror trends elsewhere

    There’s an old saying in journalism when it comes to how and where stories are reported: “If it bleeds, it leads.” What that means is, the juicier, gorier or more salacious news is, the more likely it is to be the top story.

    In my two decades or so in this business, circulation numbers seem to bear out that tired adage. For all the lamenting over a lack of good, positive news, it’s generally the bad news that sells best.

  • ‘Keith’s Law’ essential to modern public safety efforts

    Law enforcement and public safety personnel, such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often serve as our first line of defense in any crisis.

  • South Brunswick students lend helping hand to BFA

     BOLIVIA — More than 1,000 families received free food packages Feb. 19 thanks to a food distribution by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    This time, BFA received an assist from a local high school during the operation.

    South Brunswick High School’s exceptional children program sent nearly 30 students to the Democratic Headquarters in Bolivia to assist with the USDA Commodities Distribution on Old Ocean Highway.

  • Operation Ice Breaker nets 35 arrests

     SUPPLY — Law enforcement dealt the Brunswick County drug trade a blow during a countywide roundup Friday, Feb. 21.

    Dubbed Operation Ice Breaker, officers from six agencies arrested people with outstanding warrants and searched the home of a convicted felon in Supply.

  • Drug investigations lead to nine arrests

     Multiple investigations by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of several people accused of drug trafficking in the last two weeks.

    The Drug Enforcement Unit made nine arrests during the operations.

    Antione Cedric McKenith, 27, of Otto Lane in Jacksonville, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,016,500 bail.

  • Sheriff addresses pros, cons of drone use

     Sheriff John Ingram knows the use of drones, if regulated properly, could be an effective tool for local law enforcement.

    But he also sees the drawbacks, and recognizes it will be a long time before drone use is a reality.

    “There are a number of legitimate uses for a drone,” Ingram said. “But there are also several concerns.”

    Ingram was asked by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association to write a letter to the state’s legislative research committee outlining the pros and cons of drone use.

  • District hosts crisis management sessions, seeks ways to make schools safer

     SUPPLY — Brunswick County Schools is on its way to becoming an example for others to follow in crisis management.

    The district hosted a pair of training sessions led by Rick Kaufman, a nationally recognized veteran of crisis management, Thursday, Feb. 20.

    Kaufman is the executive director of community relations and emergency management for Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools. He formerly served in this role for Colorado’s largest public school system, where he led the Crisis Response Team to the Columbine High School tragedy in April 1999.